Since the start of The Bias List in January 2016, I’ve always looked back at my three favorite title tracks by K-pop artists each month. Now, it’s time to look even further into the past, one month at a time. And, yes, the top three rankings count toward The Bias List’s personal artist scorecard!
May 2013 Overall Thoughts
Song for song, I think May 2013 has to be one of the strongest months in all of K-pop. Looking back, I couldn’t believe the number of classics that were released this month. We’re talking about many of my all-time favorite songs, which means some absolute legends were relegated to ‘honorable mentions’ status.
Let’s just talk about 2PM’s A.D.T.O.Y, EXO’s Wolf, Boyfriend’s On & On and VIXX’s Hyde. If released during almost any month in 2020, they’d easily be my favorite song. They’re all absolutely excellent, and deserve a place in the top three. Yet, there were three comebacks I loved even more during May 2013. What a killer K-pop era.
Speaking of killer, there were some real under-the-radar gems this month. LC9’s debut remains iconic, while boy groups Wonderboyz, N-Sonic and 100% each released some of their best material. Seo In Young delivered a gorgeous ballad, and Akdong Musician continued to tease their impending debut with some great CM/OST material. 2NE1’s CL made a convincing solo debut, while K-pop legend Lee Hyori returned in mega-successful fashion. This was really a golden age for the industry, wasn’t it?
Akdong Musician – Bean Dduk Bing Soo (video)
Boyfriend – On & On (video)
CL – The Baddest Female (video)
EXO – Wolf (review)
Hello Venus – Would You Like Some Tea? (video)
LC9 – Mama Beat (video)
N-Sonic – Lie (video)
Seo In Young – Let’s Break Up (video)
Skarf – Luv Virus (video)
VIXX – Hyde (video)
Wonderboyz – Tarzan (video)
100% – Want U Back (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Nine Muses – Wild
2. Shinhwa – This Love
1. B1A4 – What’s Happening?